System Performance

While subjective judgments of performance may be possible to make when the delta is significant, when the gap gets increasingly close within the range of perceivable performance differences it becomes important to rely on more precise and accurate methods of measuring the overall performance of the mobile device. For the most part, when we’re discussing system performance the single biggest factor is often the SoC, which makes sense given that an SoC contains the CPU, GPU, video encode and decode blocks, memory bus, and DSPs. There are other aspects of the device that determine the overall perception of performance and things that can have a meaningful effect on performance, but the SoC is often the gating factor.

In order to test this we run mobile devices through our standard suite of benchmarks. In the case of the Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, there shouldn’t be too many surprises given the commonality in components with the Galaxy S6.

Kraken 1.1 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

Google Octane v2  (Chrome/Safari/IE)

WebXPRT 2013 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

WebXPRT 2015 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Overall

Basemark OS II 2.0 - System

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Memory

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Graphics

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Web

PCMark - Work Performance Overall

PCMark - Web Browsing

PCMark - Video Playback

PCMark - Writing

PCMark - Photo Editing

If you guessed that performance in these benchmarks would be similar to the Galaxy S6, you'd be right. Given the shared SoC and general commonality in components performance remains as high as it is with the Galaxy S6. In some cases we see improvements, likely a combination of changes to Chrome and changes to areas like the frequency governor to respond faster to changes in load. It's probably fair to say that the Exynos 7420 will continue to be the best SoC for Android mobile devices in 2015, although it's likely that we'll see significantly increased competition for 2016.

Display System Performance Cont'd and NAND Performance
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  • melgross - Saturday, October 3, 2015 - link

    No, not true at all. As far as app sales go, iOS is about twice what Android sales are, in dollars. As far as profits for phone makers go, Apple made 91% of the profits in the cell manufacturing industry, and Samsung made 12%. Everyone else lost money.
  • melgross - Saturday, October 3, 2015 - link

    It's pretty well understood that it's meant that flagship phones, and near flagship phones are what are meant.

    But for cheap smartphones, cheap makers from China and India are crushing Samsung on the low end.
  • thedons1983 - Sunday, October 18, 2015 - link

    When apple actually make a high end phone, then we could answer that, but seeing as everything they manufacture is saddled with their God awful software, we will never know!
  • melgross - Saturday, October 3, 2015 - link

    Yeah, when you include $80 smartphones, Samsung does better. But if you consider phones that we would use, Samsung is in trouble. Here, in the states, Apple's sales are 43% and Samsung's are 28%. A similar ratio exists with higher price phones everywhere.

    In fact, Samsung's sales have been down for at least two years.
  • thedons1983 - Sunday, October 18, 2015 - link

    What a pathetic comment. Everyone in the developed world, knows that the average US consumer is an utter moron. You will buy literally anything, no matter how crap it really is. I guess it's something to do with the woeful education standards in America. Americans = dumb consumers, and we all know it... Well, apart from you, it seems!
  • KoolAidMan1 - Saturday, October 3, 2015 - link

    Yes, and most of Samsung's sales are low end devices, not flagships. There is no comparison between iPhone sales and the high end phones from any other OEM.
  • - Sunday, October 4, 2015 - link

    What you said only applies in the states because American are more naive and uninformed than the rest of the world.

    For the rest of the world android rule
  • thedons1983 - Sunday, October 18, 2015 - link

    I'm guessing you're not great with numbers then, as higher equals better when it comes to selling. Samsung sells more devices than apple, hence why their sales numbers are higher... Do you see how that works?? Idiot.
  • melgross - Saturday, October 3, 2015 - link

    Are you really that paranoid? What is with you guys?
  • tempestglen - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    I believe the SPEC2006 test on iPhone6S is a big gift for the public.

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